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5.0 out of 5 starsEnjoyable and kept my little one busy for about 2-3 hours
Reviewed in Australia on 24 January 2020
My son loved this. He kept busy for a bit with it. The digging tools are not the best, but probably purposely made that way to keep them digging longer. The gems inside were nice, a tad on the small size, but for a kid they were just fine and look very nice as well (especially the tigers eye).
Bought this for our daughter's birthday and she loved it very much however, there wasn't 15 gemstones. We'll return it and we will try to buy another box 'hoping the next one will be complete'. Fingers crossed
I was slightly disappointed when me and my son sat down together to do this. I thought it was very small for the amount of money; however, my son loved it and actually, it was quite fun to dig out the gems with him. But be prepared for A LOT of mess when doing this. It comes with a booklet explaining what the gems are. My son was over the moon. Took them to school the next day and showed them to his class. And now he wants more! He said it’s one of his favourite things to do, so if he’s happy, then I’m happy! Although, there was suppose to be 15 gems and there were only 14; I literally broke apart the whole thing looking for it and it was the best one as well, so that was annoying. The geodes don’t look as nice as in the booklet, either; very small and not so sparkly or colourful. So I have mixed feelings about this.
I know this is aimed at younger children but my 13 year old son requested this product and he loved it. Ok, it didn’t take him long to excavate the gems but he still enjoyed doing so and some of the stones were beautiful.
A good introduction to gems/geology. It kept my 7 year old grandson going for about 2 hours, It would have been longer if he hadn't discovered that water was a great accelerant in the digging process. Quite good value for money and good handouts. Good service from supplier - quick delivery of a fairly late order. Thanks
I can’t actually review this item as it is a Christmas present but have been assured by my daughter that this will be perfect for my 5 year old grandson. I have also been told that all National Geographic gifts are superb.